Sail Rock is located in the Gulf of Thailand and according to some, is one of the top two dive sites in the whole of Thailand. With such lofty claims it was a must that I would scuba dive Sail Rock while visiting the beautiful island of Koh Phangan.
Haad Salad Villas have an on-site dive school which is run by a French man and caters for the French market. Still, nobody speaks underwater and the instructor was actually from Norway. A quick discussion saw me heading to Sail Rock the next day for well under a $100. A bargain especially as there were only 3 in the group.
We piled into an old ute complete with 9 tanks of air, making sure our feet were above the rolling tanks we arrived at the fishing port and boat to head out into the Gulf.
An uneventful boat ride out to the site was great with a lovely breakfast and coffee served on the way. I have to say, balancing a hot coffee up a moving ladder was particularly tricky but I managed without 3rd degree burns!
As the name suggests, Sail Rock is a large rock that juts straight out of the sea. Nothing grows on the rock above water which could be explained by the military using it as a target. Hopefully not while we scuba dive!
After the usual gear checks we bailed over the side. The view was spectacular, the colours vivid and the fish more than plentiful. We descended to 30 metres and cut across to where another bommie was located. Here the current was strong and all the great schools of fish were gathered to feed.
We swam around the rock and finished at the chimney, a vertical 8 metre swim-through. Too many fish to list but unfortunately we didn’t see whale sharks as they had the previous week. I must rate this as up there with the SS Yongala which was my best dive to date.
After two dives and a delicious lunch our time was up and our scuba diving day was finished. The usual post dive scene on the boat as people sun baked or chilled out with a beer.
Returning to the wharf we unloaded the boat and packed the empty tanks into the ute. Dodging the empty tanks was tougher than the full on the islands winding hill roads.
A little bet we had with our instructor was if NO whales sharks were seen while scuba diving he buys the first beer. Changs all round topped off an awesome day and one I would love to do again .